Traditional and Modern Approaches to Psychophysical Disorders by Daniel Weber
Sun 15 Aug 2010
Mood Disorders, which include depression, anxiety as well as general psychological malaise and stress, are an increasingly common problem in the clinic and seemingly ever increasing.
Orthodox medical approaches focus upon talk treatments: counselling, psychotherapy and behavioural modification or psychotropic drugs to restore neurotransmitter function. This approach seems to be a result of the very deep Cartesian split our culture makes around mind and body.
Traditional world medicines view mind and body as part of a continuum, and psychological problems an aspect of imbalance in the whole being and its social relationships. Treatments focus upon restoring the balance within the whole being which includes the physical manifestation, the emotional/perceptive system and the culture and social issues confronting the patient
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